Back in the Seventies and Eighties I founded and ran several Fleet Street photo agencies specialising in stock images of celebrities from pop stars to politicians. These were syndicated to the National and International press and Television. These days I am active in the Microstock world and this blog charts my journey as well as, hopefully, providing inspiration and ideas to others. Image buyers should also find this blog useful with links to my portfolios and regular updates on new uploads. Unless otherwise stated all images are my copyright and may not be reproduced or copied. Comments are very welcome but will be reviewed before publication. Enjoy your visit. Regards, David.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

March Updates:

March saw a good month on Shutterstock with a total of 71 downloads ($23.81). This took me over the payout threshold for the second time resulting in an $82 payment. I also had my BDE in March with 24 downloads (23 from my 70's pop music archives and 1 of the Hastings "Jack In The Green" festival).
Dreamstime slowed a bit with 10 downloads ($5.56). Yaymicro finally paid out the Third Party royalties from the last quarter 0f 2009 (Euro 10.68). This took me tantalisingly close to their E30 payout level. Just E1.60 to go. One sale could do it!
As posted earlier Picturenation produced 3 sales (£4.80). Since the announcement of the forthcoming General Election (May 6) PN have been using a number of my archive politician shots on their homepage, which I'm hoping might generate further sales.
Bigstock bring up the rear in sales with just 1 (50cents). Mostphotos/Istock/Veer all produced zero sales in March.
Meanwhile at 123RF I continued to upload Editorial images ahead of the launch of their Editorial section. I emailed them about this and they say they are looking at May for launch, though I think that will depend on them having enough images to make a worthwhile offer. My first attempt at getting some non-editorial online there resulted in all 20 being rejected (poor lighting/composition). They'd pretty much all been approved elsewhere.
Finally, still nothing back from Britishimages in response to my letter and the site still has my old contact details (and no way to change them). I'll just leave that one well alone for now. Regards, David.

6 comments:

David said...

hmmm 71 downloads on SS. I wouldn't mind some of those numbers. But then you have a lot more images than me so can't complain here too much.

Have you had sales on 123RF?

Davey

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

And, of course, some people get thousands a month there! Just keep building your portfolio and the sales will come. No nothing at 123RF yet as none of the Editorial images are viewable (or downloadable) until (hopefully) May. My first non editorial ones all got rejected! Regards, David.

David said...

hmmm 1000's of downloads a month. It's thoughts like those that keep me going ;-)

Davey

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Yes me too. Guess it will be a few more weeks yet for both of us! David.

David said...

I think that will be 'weeks' for you and 'years' for me to achieve at the rate i am going but thanks for the optimism lol ;-)

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Weeks for me? Ha,if only! I am having a hit again on my archive images. Still have hundreds of celeb (mainly politicians) images to scan/retouch/upload/caption. They seem to do well on SS and increasingly DT. I must say though that things have come some way since I was only with Snapvillage and getting a 30c sub sale every few months! Onwards & upwards for all of us. Regards, David.